I have taken a new position, in addition to my other responsibilities, as Gallery Coordinator at St. Pierre Gallery in Floyd, VA. The first order of business is to bring on more artisans. Within a matter of hours on Friday, I had five new artisans signed on! It was exciting, effortless, and encouraging!
One artisan that I am really excited about is a Milliner, a hat maker. The hats are really fantastic and I can’t wait to see them in the gallery! When speaking to the Milliner, I needed to know what we would need to display her work appropriately. Black coated chicken wire was the answer. I have seen her display with the chicken wire wall hanging, and it looks quite nice; the focus is on the hats, exactly where it should be!
Another artisan that may be interested in displaying their work at St. Pierre Gallery is my very first formal art teacher. I took drawing lessons from her in 6th grade, learning how to use drawing pencils, charcoal, and rubber erasers. She was the coolest and most mysterious person I had ever met, an artist. Her paintings are really wonderful, and she has just finished a series on Holsteins. For those of you that are not familiar with this term, a Holstein is the traditional black and white dairy cow.
As I was sending an e-mail referring to both of these artisans yesterday, I saw Holsteins and Chicken Wire and cracked up! I am organizing an art gallery, and these are two things that I would not have thought would come into play! 🙂 As a farmer’s daughter, this is really taking me back to my roots, and as an artist, it is sparking my creativity. For displaying art in a rural farming community, this is perfect! Can’t wait to see the final results!